Sweepstakes ConventionsSweepstakes Conventions are held across America every year. They usually have classes teaching the latest winning strategies to give you that extra edge, as well as prize sessions - in which they give out prizes for the attendees. It tends to be like an extended family reunion - as usually 50% or more of the people have attended one or more conventions in the past. Usually 70% of the attendees tend to be 50 years or older, with the majority being female. It is a place to share winning strategies, share your winning stories with other like minded individuals, or learn how to win more. Each convention tends to consist of prize sessions, raffles, super raffles, and speakers.
The National sweepstakes convention is held once a year, and is the largest sweepstakes convention in the USA every year. There are usually between 700-1000 attendees, range from 4-7 days, and held at interesting or exotic locations. It is best to book early, because spots tend to fill up quickly. The 2016 Convention (from July 28th-31st) was held in Las Vegas.
The 2017 Sweepstakes Convention will actually be held on a cruise ship, from September 23-30, 2017. It is the Norwegian Escape out of Miami
3 days at sea (which will be the convention days) with stops in Tortuga, Nassau & St. Thomas. The official
2017 Sweepers Escape Convention page is here:
The associated facebook page is here:
In addition to national conventions, many important people within the sweepstakes community (those people recognized for having a lot of successful wins, or helping other people win a lot) will host sweepstakes conventions. They are usually organized by state, with people from surrounding states attending. Attendees tend to range from 75-200 members. The mini conventions, in order of popularity, tend to include the following:
- Michigan Spring Meeting - Al Sayward. Tends to be held in the first week of April, in Warren Michigan. Cost tends to be around $55 registration, and $79/hotel night, held at the Baymont Inns & Suites. It includes a banquet lunch, and if you arrive early, a pizza night. Almost every single attendee wins a prize, with some people winning 5 or more prizes. You can obtain further details by sending an e-mail to: michigansweepers2002yahoo.com
- New Hampshire Getaway - Karen & Tania Biron. A relatively new mini convention, tends to be held the first week of June. The Birons have been involved in the sweeping community for a number of years, and recently decided to host their own convention. Cost tends to be $295/person (or $225/double occupancy), and 2-3 days. Full Details can be found here: http://www.nhsweepstakesgetaway.com/
- New York Empire Extravaganza - Cindy Hooper. Also a relatively new mini convention, tends to be held first week in July. Usually 50-75 attendees. Registration is $175/person. Hotel accommodation extra. Details here: http://empiresweepstakesconvention.com/
- Maryland Spring Banquet - Barb/Dana Noga. This tends to be held the second week of May every year, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Attendees are limited to a maximum of 200 people, and spots tend to sell out quickly. It tends to be by invitation only, so you need to find someone who is attending, be invited, then register, in order to attend. The link usually becomes active for several months after the national convention. If activated, you can find registration details here: http://www.mdspringbanquet.com/
- SweepsCon - Carolyn Wilman & Cortney Sneller. A new convention being held in Orange Country CA, July 23rd-27th, 2017. The hotel is so close to Disneyland there is even a free shuttle! The cost is $195 per person to attend. All the details are on the website. Registration details here: http://www.sweepscon.com/
All conventions tend to follow a very similar format. They consist of the following:
- Prize Sessions. During the prize sessions, you have the opportunity to win a prize simply for being part of the convention. Prizes range from everything from books and CDs, to the .larger. prizes like laptop computers, kindles, and other electronics.
- Raffles & Super Raffles. These are .bonus. prize sessions. You have a chance to win a specific type of prize. Usually it consists of envelopes & stamps (for participating in/entering more sweepstakes), lottery tickets (you purchase lottery tickets, and that .is. your ticket to winning 10-100x the lottery tickets), 50-50 raffle draws, and so forth).
- Banquet Lunch/Dinner. This tend to be semi formal dinners, and/or costume parties. Usually the meals provided are quite good ($20-$25/plate). If it is also a costume party/banquet, then you have a chance to win a .bonus. prize depending on what the theme of the convention is. Each convention usually has its own .special. theme.
- Speaking Sessions. Usually the speaking sessions consist of speakers who win big, consistently (key word being consistent), or people who can teach you how to use various software applications, services, tools, and so forth to increase your chances of winning. They tend to also be entertaining, as the speakers relate personal stories. Sometimes sponsors may also provide .bonus. prizes during these sessions.
Overall, conventions (both the national and mini conventions) are a great way to meet new people, and share winning stories.